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Two Navi Mumbai cops suspended for illegally arresting builder, demanding Rs5 crore

The sub-inspector denied him the opportunity to prove his innocence and arrested him in haste without collecting sufficient evidence

mumbai Updated: Jan 24, 2018 00:25 IST
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Hindustan Times
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The sub-inspector along with three other realtors had also demanded Rs5 crore from builder after arresting him.(Representational Image)

Navi Mumbai police commissioner Hemant Nagrale on Tuesday suspended a senior inspector and a sub-inspector of Turbhe police station for allegedly registering a false first information report and arresting a developer.

The sub-inspector along with three other realtors had also demanded Rs5 crore from builder after arresting him, the police said.

“On October 17, a realtor Ketan Chug lodged a complaint against Metro Developer and others for forging documents regarding a plot at Nerul. Based on that, sub-inspector Sanjay Yadav registered an FIR and arrested developer Suresh Jain,” said Nagrale.

After he was out on bail, Jain filed an application alleging that a false offence had been registered against him and that he had been illegally arrested.

“The city crime branch then started an inquiry and found that Yadav with connivance of three realtors — Ketan Chug, Sunil Bhanusali, Sunny Lahoria —registered the false FIR and illegally arrested Suresh Jain. Also, he wrongly confined his son Hitesh Jain on Diwali night. They demanded Rs5 crore from the Jains,” Nagrale said.

Based on the inquiry reports, Hitesh Jain lodged another complaint against Chug, Bhanusali, Lahoria and sub-inspector Yadav on January 19. The case is being investigated by Nilesh Raut, assistant commissioner of police (crime branch).

Nagrale said, “Prima facie, it appears that Ramchandra Deshmukh, senior police inspector of Turbhe police station, without verifying the facts had facilitated the registration of the offence with the intention of benefitting Chug and others. He also committed other gross irregularities in the case.”

“It is also revealed that sub-inspector Yadav denied Suresh Jain the opportunity to prove his innocence and arrested him in haste without collecting sufficient evidence. We have suspended senior inspector Deshmukh and sub-inspector Yadav with immediate effect from January 23,” Nagrale said.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 00:25 IST